The European Nations League .. the battle for the lead between Germany and Hungary .. and Italy against England today

The European Nations League .. the battle for the lead between Germany and Hungary .. and Italy against England today
The European Nations League .. the battle for the lead between Germany and Hungary .. and Italy against England today

Berlin – (AFP):
The confrontation between Germany and Hungary in Leipzig today, Friday, will be a battle for the top spot in Group C in the fifth round of the first level of the European Nations League in football.
Hungary occupies first place with 7 points, compared to 6 for Germany, while Italy has 5 points and England only two points.
The Hungarian team can reach the semi-finals if it beat Germany and Italy did not beat England.
The German national team is aware that its Hungarian counterpart will not be up for grabs, after they snatched a 1-1 draw in Budapest at the beginning of the summer and did well in the European Cup in the summer of 2021 by snatching a 1-1 draw from world champion France and 2-2 from Germany as well.
The German team suffers from the absence of influential elements in its ranks, most notably its leader and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and his colleague in the ranks of Bayern Munich, midfielder Leon Goretzka, after it was found that they were infected with the Corona virus, in addition to the injury of Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus in the ankle.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hoffmann stressed in a press conference that his team must be at the highest level of readiness to face Hungary, saying, “Hungary is a team that relies on strength throughout the ninety minutes. We didn’t have many chances in the first leg (in Budapest) and that means a lot.”
“We have to play aggressively from the first moment in order to score a goal as quickly as possible,” he added.

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In turn, Germany defender Thelo Kehler considered that his team’s task will not be easy against Hungary. These teams are playing with great determination.”
On the other hand, national team coach Hansi Flick hoped that striker Timo Werner would translate the opportunities that arise for him into goals and said, “Timo always creates opportunities in front of goal, he can free himself from his observers in a smooth way.”
He added, “Now he has to be active in the weeks leading up to the World Cup, and this will positively affect him and the team.”
Werner has scored only one goal in 6 matches since returning to Leipzig from Chelsea last August.
In the same group, Italy will meet with injured England at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy, absent from the World Cup for the second time in a row, hopes to compensate for this disappointment by maintaining its hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
The influential French midfielder Marco Verratti will be absent from the Italian national team due to a calf injury he sustained during his team’s last match against Lyon, and his colleagues Lorenzo Pellegrini and Matteo Politano joined him.
As for England, they lost hope of reaching the semi-finals, but they are required to win their next two matches to avoid relegation to the second level.
England coach Gareth Southgate called Brentford striker Evan Toni for the first time to the ranks of the “Three Lions” to reward the 26-year-old striker for his good beginnings this season with his team, where he scored 5 goals in 7 games in the “”.

The article is in Arabic

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